Republican voters have finally accepted the fact that Mitt Romney is going to be their GOP presidential nominee, much the way you accept the fact that the dentist is right and you really do need a root canal. You just grit your teeth and get on with it.
The passionless affair between Romney and the base will now commence, with an eye toward turning Obama (who the base really is passionate about) out of office. Romney’s sweep of the Tuesday primaries, along with the list of establishment endorsements he’s collecting (George H.W. Bush! Jeb Bush! Barbara Bush!), signal that the race for the nomination is over. That there ever was one is a reflection on just how anarchic the GOP has become and just how lousy a campaigner Romney himself is.
This means farewell, to Rick Santorum. When The New York Times runs a headline questioning your relevancy, the jig is up. And so, as the sun slowly sets on the Santorum campaign, let us bid a fond adieu (fond because it’s well deserved) to one of the worst campaigners in modern times by reviewing the low points of his candidacy:
There’s plenty more, but we’ll spare you. But don’t despair. This is probably not the last we’ve heard of Rick. After all, the GOP has a tradition of the runner-up becoming the front-runner next time out, so..
And even if Santorum sits that race out, we will still have him to thank for forging a tight bond between evangelicals and the Catholic leadership. That’s an achievement that will keep paying nasty dividends for some time to come.
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